Statement By Senator Ed Markey on Armenia’s 25th Independence Day

Mr. President, today we recognize
the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. On this day each year, we come
together to celebrate the strength and indomitable spirit of the Armenian
people.

For the last 25 years, Armenia
has been a key friend and trusted ally of the United States. It is an alliance
between our two nations that will only continue to deepen in the years ahead. Armenia
has come a long way to free itself from terror and tyranny–from the Soviet
Union and from the horrors of genocide. This journey continues today, with our
shared responsibility to ensure that the Armenian people are able to build
their own independent and prosperous future. It is our duty to continue to stand
with Armenia and with all Armenian people around the globe as they continue
this fight.

We must keep pushing for truth
and never allow the forces of denial to succeed in suppressing our collective
memory. We have a responsibility to ensure that the evil that was perpetrated
upon the Armenian people is never concealed nor denied. We must heed the words of
Pope Francis that it is our duty to continue to honor the memory of those
Armenians who perished in the Armenian genocide.

I am proud to stand with my
colleagues in the Senate to commemorate Armenia’s independence and continue to
support the Armenian people.

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